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CIELO hammocks are recognized by the Fair Trade Federation. We see our Hammocks as an instrument of change in the communities we serve. The Mayan communities of the Yucatan, where we strive to empower indigenous mayan women and marginalized communities. We are not only having a tremendous impact on the artisans in our network but we are also offering great products to the public.
"Fair trade is an approach to business and to development based on dialogue, transparency, and respect that seeks to create greater equity in the international trading system."
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Hammocks do not originate from Yucatan. It is believe that hammocks came to Mexico from the Arawak Indians in the Caribbean only 200 years before the arrival of the Spanish. Well, it means that Yucatecans have been weaving hammocks for over 700 years. This is what we call a lot of experience.
The first hammocks were made with tree barks but quite soon the fibre from the Henequen became the material of choice for a strong hammock. Henequen grow naturally in Yucatan and get is other name, Sisal, from the small port from where it was exported mainly in the form of ropes. Today more modern material have replace sisal. Mayan hammocks are now weaved using either cotton or nylon (which is actually polypropylene). Cotton is more comfortable and is the one that sells most in northern countries. Nylon hammocks are not as comfortable but they stand better the heavy humidity of southern countries. For more strength, in both cases, the suspension arms are always made with nylon. In fact we use Polypropylene, cause it is softer then nylon and that the color is not dyed but extruded with the yarn itself, but since everybody call it nylon why shouldn't we...
gringos, if you come to Merida and someone try to sell you a silk
hammock be aware that it is actually nylon. As for Sisal hammocks you
will only like them if your back is itchy and you want to scratch it.
of the population of Yucatan still sleep in hammocks because they are
cooler then mattresses and they are easily removed during the day to
free some precious space in the rooms. So hammocks here are not just
some products used to get a few hours of relaxation under the sun but
they are part of the Yucatan culture and an everyday furniture.
Mayan hammock weavers
In Yucatan hammocks are mainly produced by women. Hammock weaving is an important additional source of income for many families, if not their only one. Over 200 families are working with us to get you the most comfortable hammocks on Earth.
usually work from home watching their favourite telenovella and
caring for their children. Their conditions are way better then working
on factories or on the field. They work at their own pace with no
pressure from anybody. We think this is a family friendly work.
They are like small entrepreneurs but they do not have to invest any money. They receive the material and get paid when the hammock is finish. No risk and they control the level of income they want. Our weavers are located all around Merida, the capital city of the Yucatan.
When you buy a true Mayan hammock from Yucatan you help these incredible people to earn a decent living and to raise their family with honour and respect.
We thank you on their behalf.